The fifth commandment tells us to “Honor you father and mother,” so it’s obvious God considers this a priority. Jesus reemphasizes this when he chastises the religious leaders of Israel for twisting the interpretation to satisfy their traditions. Notice the command does not say to honor them only if they are good parents. This honor is to be unconditional and even includes a promise for those who obey the command.
Questions for further thought:
1. What can you do to actively honor your parents?
2. Where do you need to seek forgiveness for dishonoring your parents?
Challenge: If your relationship with your parents is/was strained or nonexistent, you might have some work to do to be able to honor them. Remember that God desires your heart to be pure (your thoughts, desires, perspectives) so that your relationship with Him is not hindered. For starters, try honestly praying for God’s blessings on your parents. See if over time your feelings change, and you can truly honor your father and mother. For more help, check out the book The Best Gift You Can Ever Give Your Parents by Dennis Rainey.
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